This is an issue that poses significant potential risks to not only our planet but the assets in which we invest too. So how companies manage these risks is important to us, as it could affect the funds we’ll need in the future to pay your benefits.
We were one of the first pension funds in the world to recognise the potential impact of climate change for long-term investors. And we’ve been actively working with our investor partners for over a decade to address it.
Here are some examples of how we’re addressing climate change:
- We supported the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rises to 2⁰C or lower.
- We either helped establish or are an active supporter of a number of initiatives designed to bring industry leaders together to tackle climate change. For example, we co-founded the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). IIGCC provides a forum for European institutional investors to engage with policymakers on the long-term risks and opportunities of climate change.
- We’re an active supporter of Climate Action 100+ – a collaborative engagement of major global investors targeting the 100 largest emitters of carbon in the global economy.
- We’ve committed approximately £2bn in financing UK renewables projects, low carbon energy infrastructure like wind power, and other clean technologies.
- In 2022 we produced a Taskforce on Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) report. This is a detailed explanation about how we assess and manage the risks (and opportunities) that the transition to a low carbon future poses for the scheme, its assets and its liabilities. It also provided details of the schemes carbon footprint and how we are progressing along the pathway to achieve our climate targets.
For more information on how we approach climate change, the above examples and our case studies, take a look at our Stewardship Code Report.